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United Nations Observances

Human Rights

Days
27 January International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust A/RES/60/7
20 February World Day of Social Justice A/RES/62/10
21 March International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination A/RES/2142 (XXI)
24 March International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims A/RES/65/196
25 March International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade A/RES/62/122
25 March International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members
7 April Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide
26 April World Intellectual Property Day [WIPO]
4 June International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression A/RES/ES-7/8
12 June World Day Against Child Labour [ILO]
13 June International Albinism Day draft A/C.3/69/L.35
15 June World Elder Abuse Awareness Day A/RES/66/127
20 June World Refugee Day A/RES/55/76
23 June International Widows’ Day A/RES/65/189
26 June United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture A/RES/52/149
18 July Nelson Mandela International Day A/RES/64/13
30 July World Day against Trafficking in Persons A/RES/68/192
9 August International Day of the World's Indigenous People A/RES/49/214
12 August International Youth Day A/RES/54/120
23 August International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition [UNESCO] Decision 8.2
of the 150th session of the UNESCO Executive Board
15 September International Day of Democracy A/RES/62/7
1 October International Day of Older Persons A/RES/45/106
2 November International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists A/RES/68/163
16 November International Day for Tolerance Resolution 5.61 of the 28th session of the UNESCO General Conference
2 December International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
3 December International Day of Persons with Disabilities A/RES/47/3
5 December International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development A/RES/40/212
10 December Human Rights Day
A/RES/423 (V)
18 December International Migrants Day A/RES/55/93
Weeks
21–27 March Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling against Racism and Racial Discrimination A/RES/34/24
Years
2011 International Year for People of African Descent A/RES/64/169
2011 International Year of Youth   (12 August 2010 — 11 August 2011) A/RES/64/134
2009 International Year of Human Rights Learning A/RES/62/171
2004 International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition A/RES/57/195
2001 International Year of Mobilization against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance A/RES/53/132
1999 International Year of Older Persons A/RES/47/5
A/RES/50/141
1995 United Nations Year for Tolerance A/RES/48/126
1993  International Year for the World's Indigenous People A/RES/45/164
A/RES/47/75
1987 International Year of Shelter for The Homeless A/RES/36/71
A/RES/37/221
1982 International Year of Mobilization for Sanctions Against South Africa A/RES/36/172 B
1981 International Year for Disabled Persons A/RES/31/123
1978/79 International Anti-Apartheid Year A/RES/32/105 B
1971 International Year for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Prejudice A/RES/2544 (XXIV)
1968 International Year for Human Rights A/RES/2081 (XX)
1959/60 World Refugee Year A/RES/1285 (XIII)
Decades
2015–2024 International Decade for People of African Descent A/RES/68/237
2005–2014 Second International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People A/RES/59/174
1995–2004 Decade for Human Rights Education A/RES/49/184
1994–2004 Decade of the World's Indigenous People A/RES/48/163
1993–2003 Third Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination A/RES/48/91
1983–1993 Second Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination A/RES/38/14
1983–1992 United Nations Decade for Disabled Persons A/RES/37/53
1973–1983 Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination A/RES/2919 (XXVII)
Anniversaries
2011 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on the Right to Development
2010 50th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples
2009 20th Anniversary of the Adoption by the General Assembly of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
2008 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
1998 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights